Pittsburgh stopped the Indianapolis Colts on a fourth-and-3 snap at Steelers 26-yard line with 24 seconds remaining to preserve a 24-17 victory on Monday night.
Pittsburgh dominated the first half, keeping the football 13:56 more than the Colts and building a 16-3 lead. The Colts wiped out that advantage with two third-quarter touchdowns to take a 17-16 lead into the final period – and it might have been more, but between its touchdowns Indianapolis lost a fumble on a first-and-goal at the Pittsburgh 1-yard line.
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The Steelers rallied with an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter without running back Najee Harris. The former Alabama All-American scored Pittsburgh’s first-half touchdown on a 6-yard run with 7:46 left in the second quarter as the Steelers took a 13-0 lead.
But after running for 35 yards on 10 carries and catching a 4-yard pass, Harris left for the locker room with an abdominal injury shortly before halftime.
Benny Snell, Harris’ replacement, put Pittsburgh ahead on 2-yard run with 9:55 to play for his first touchdown since Harris joined the team in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
In addition to Harris, 10 players from Alabama high schools and colleges got on the field during the Pittsburgh-Indianapolis game:
· Montravius Adams (Auburn) started at defensive tackle for the Steelers. Adams made three tackles.
· Colts cornerback Tony Brown (Alabama) recorded the first sack of his NFL career when he took down Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett with 4:55 to play. Brown was on the field in the Indianapolis secondary after starting cornerback Kenny Moore sustained a shin injury.
· Colts defensive tackle Byron Cowart (Auburn) made one tackle.
· Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama) started at free safety for the Steelers. Fitzpatrick made seven tackles.
· Steelers center J.C. Hassenauer (Alabama) played but did not record any stats.
· Ryan Kelly (Alabama) started at center for the Colts. Kelly left the game with what appeared to be a knee injury, but after a visit to the sideline medical tent, he returned to the game.
· Steelers wide receiver George Pickens (Hoover) had three receptions for 57 yards and caught a 2-point conversion pass after Pittsburgh’s final touchdown.
· Steelers linebacker Malik Reed (Dothan) made four tackles.
· Steelers offensive tackle Trent Scott (Lee-Huntsville) dressed for the game but did not play.
· Braden Smith (Auburn) started at right offensive tackle for the Colts.
· Levi Wallace (Alabama) started at left cornerback for the Steelers. Wallace made five tackles and broke up two passes.
Pittsburgh improved to 4-7. Indianapolis dropped to 4-7-1.
On Sunday, the Steelers visit the Atlanta Falcons at noon CST and the Colts visit the Dallas Cowboys at 7:20 p.m.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.
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